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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.

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Plano, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you're concerned about price, you might want to check online first. This is a pricey restaurant, especially by Island standards. That said, it is truly worth it. It has an elegant atmosphere and the service is top-notch. We had steaks (rib-eye and filet mignon) and shrimp and all were superb and very well prepared. Our favorite side was scalloped... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you're a fan! It's great to hear you loved our atmosphere, service and overall meal. Hope we'll see you again soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Bowie, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The seafood was very good, fresh and well prepared. The service was excellent. Enjoyed the decor and view.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you're a fan, Don! From seafood to service, it's great to hear that you loved your meal. Hope we'll see you again soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Ambiance - 4 Food - 3 Service - 2 Cost - 1 The decor is beautiful, romantic and tasteful. The fried calamari was chewy and I suspect previously frozen. The onion blossom used the same breading and was very bland/flavorless and served with bland ranch instead of a zesty sauce like other places. I had the Mahi Mahi which was... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It sounds like we really let you down, Elizabeth. We never want to disappoint our guests -- especially on their anniversary. I'm sorry we didn't get the chance to show you what we're capable of. I hope we will be able to make this right for you in the future. Sincerely, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

They served a table of 12 like it was nothing. Our service was fast. Our drinks were kept full. Our food was brought out in a timely manner. We started with Oyster Rockefeller and it was perfect. There was just enough spinach and cheese. I had the steak and shrimp. I live in Iowa and I know good beef. That... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It's so great to hear your whole table had a great time dining with us, Toni! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your steak and that the lobster was a hit. Hope you'll stop by again next time you're visiting South Padre. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Oh my god, we both had the red smnapper that was caught frsh that morning and it was fantastic. This place does an amazing business.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you loved the red snapper! I'm thrilled that you're a fan. Looking forward to next time. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Houston, Texas, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The service was excellent. The appetizers were the best part of the meal. The salad was good but soaked in the dressing. The 14 oz. ribeye was tough and others who had the red snapper, said it was so so. I would never choose to go to this restaurant.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

While I'm pleased to hear your service was spot on, Zola, I'm sorry that your meal didn't meet your expectations. Usually our kitchen cooks each dish to perfection, so I'm surprised you dinner was only so-so. Did you happen to mention this to your server? I hope you'll give us another chance to prove we have what it takes to... More

South Padre Island, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My favorite meal is Pirate Dan a lot of people love the early bird menu but you have to ask for it. The view is great of the boats and sun set.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Steve! It's great to hear you love the Pirate Dan dish and the ambiance. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Lubbock, Texas
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

First time at this restaurant and had a good experience. Started the meal with calamari, a little heavy battered but fresh with good chew and flavor. Moved to a fresh garden salad, which is served with fresh sourdough bread. My entree was the Pirate Dan platter. It included broiled flounder, scallops, and shrimp...all was very well prepared. I ordered my... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your meal from start to finish. I'm pleased your calamari was flavorful and that the Pirate Dan platter was spot on. Hope you'll come back again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Harker Heights, Texas
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The service was top-drawer. The Snapper and Grouper were prepared to perfection. The oysters were fresh. The Margaritas were terrific. The view was great. There is no room for improvement.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Great to hear you loved the Snapper and Grouper dishes Tony. Our team works hard to bring their A-game to every table, so I'll be sure to share your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you next time! Best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Austin, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We chose Sea Ranch Restaurant for our Bachelorette Party group (of 8). We called to make reservations but they stated they didn't take reservations. I informed them there would be 8 of us and they stated they didn't think they would be busy and should be ok. When we arrived (around 8:15pm) they stated it would be a 45 minute... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It's great to hear you enjoyed celebrating with us! I'm pleased that your party enjoyed every dish and that your waiter was helpful and friendly. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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Additional Information about Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number: 956-761-1314
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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